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Florida Army Vet Praised After Taking Down Would-Be Carjacker At Starbucks Drive-Thru

Army veteran Shane Spicer was in line at a Starbucks drive-thru in Ocala, Florida, when a man tried to carjack a pregnant woman ahead of him—and he jumped into action.

Shane Spicer; YouTube screenshot of Spicer detaining suspect
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A Florida Army vet is being hailed a hero online after he stopped a would-be carjacker at a Starbucks drive-thru.

Shane Spicer was in the drive-thru line at his local Starbucks when he noticed a man run to another vehicle in line and pull a pregnant woman from the driver's seat in an apparent attempt to steal her car.

Spicer sprang into action, chasing the man down and detaining him until police arrived shortly after.

He told Fox 35 Orlando:

“Just getting started with the day, had maybe been awake 20 to 25 minutes. I live about a mile from that Starbucks.”

The morning took a turn when Spicer observed the man running towards the Starbucks line.

“Sprinting up to Starbucks, and he didn’t look like a Starbucks coffee drinker."
“Then he yanked the girl out of the car. And just kind of an instinctive, kind of reactionary thing.”

You can watch the interview below.

'I'm gonna get you buddy': Florida man takes down carjacking suspect at Starbucks

The suspect was involved in a police chase after he allegedly broke into a home and stole a car. During the chase, he crashed the car and proceeded to run to the Starbucks, where he encountered Spicer.

Spicer was able to hold the man until police took him into custody.

People online commended Spicer for his bravery and for putting himself in harm's way to help others.

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Spicer told Fox 35 Orlando:

“I feel like if you’ve got the ability to watch out for someone, that you should."
“I would just hope that someone would do the same for my family.”

According to Fox News, suspect Michael Prouty has been convicted of 13 felonies since 2000. He is now being charged with fleeing and eluding, attempted carjacking, crash involving Injuries, and resisting arrest.

Sumter County authorities have charged him with home invasion, battery on a person over 65, and grand theft of a vehicle.

We are lucky to have guys like Spicer looking out for us. Well done!